Taiwan's CPC Corp to shut No 3 aromatics unit; restarts No 6 plant

08 October 2013 09:20  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Taiwan' CPC Corp will shut its No 3 aromatics plant in Kaohsiung for maintenance on 8-9 October, and will restart its No 6 aromatics unit during the same period, a company source said on Tuesday.

The No 6 aromatics plant was shut on 22 August following the start-up of the new No 7 aromatics unit in early September, the source said.

The company is still in the process of stabilising operations at the new No 7 unit, he said.

CPC Corp staggered the scheduled turnarounds at the No 3 and No 6 aromatics units to manage inventory levels of benzene, according to the same source.

The firm’s No 5 aromatics unit at the same site is running at close to full capacity, he said.

Meanwhile, the company’s No 1 toluene disproportionation (TDP) unit at the site was shut again last week after it was restarted on 6-7 September because it has no plans to restart additional downstream paraxylene (PX) units. the source said.

CPC Corp is currently running its No 2 TDP unit normally, according to the source.

CPC’s total benzene nameplate capacity from the two TDP units is at 170,000 tonnes/year, while its No 3, 5 and 6 aromatics facilities have a total nameplate capacity of benzene at around 400,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS data.

CPC is expected to issue a November-loading toluene sale tender next week, according to the source.

The company has yet to determine the quantity for the sale tender.
Author: Ong Sheau Ling

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